Excitable Juan Williams: Killing The Mandate Will Harm Voter Trust Of Supreme Court
We last saw Juan Williams getting beaten like a rented mule by Michelle Malkin. He now has an article out proclaiming that if the Supreme Court rules against Obamacare they will damage the trust of the voters who, um, don’t vote for the Supreme Court in the first place
(The Hill)Every political strategist working the fall elections sees a game changer coming by the end of the month.
That’s when the Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act.
The Democrats have a nuclear option in this political game if the high court throws out the healthcare law as unconstitutional.
That blowup-the-system button, not pushed since FDR’s attempt to stack the court with Democrats during the New Deal, is for Obama to use the bully pulpit of the White House, and the national stage of a presidential campaign, to launch a bitter attack on the current court as a corrupt tool of the Republican right wing.
It couldn’t possibly be that the high Court found that the health insurance Mandate was an unconstitutional power grab by the Federal Government. No, they have to be tools of the GOP.
It is a move that could energize Democrats and independents even as Republicans celebrate a major legal victory.
Must be nice to live in La La Land. The majority of Independents are against Obamacare as a whole, and the Mandate in particular, as are most Americans.
After oral arguments at the Supreme Court, he signaled his willingness to target the court’s conservative majority during the presidential campaign. Obama told reporters that if the court overturns “a duly constituted and passed law,” the justices will be guilty of “judicial activism.” With words that sounded like a threat he added: “I’m pretty confident that this court will recognize that and not take that step.”
The hardball political fact is that attacking the court will help the president’s campaign and it will damage the court for years to come.
Ah. So if the court rules that the Mandate violates the Constitution and Obama attacks the court for daring to perform their Constitutional duty, it’s not Obama’s fault that the Court could be damaged, it’s the Court’s fault. Liberal logic.
The bottom line is that public confidence in the Supreme Court, after controversial and political decisions in Bush v. Gore and Citizens United, is the most fragile it has been in a generation. And remember, the same polls have shown most Americans are not convinced the healthcare reform law is a good idea.
Liberals just can’t let go. Seriously, Bush v Gore? A decision that deemed that Florida cannot retroactively create election law, and had to abide by the existing laws.
The relevant point is that the court may do irreparable harm to its reputation with another highly political split between justices appointed by Democrats and justices appointed by Republicans. A 5-4 defeat of the healthcare law will erode trust in the justice system.
Well, then perhaps the Liberals on the Court should vote in accordance with the Constitution of the United States rather than what their political leanings tell them for a change.
Obamacare was passed using legislative shenanigans after 10 months of debate while the economy burned around our ears. It was unpopular then and just as unpopular now. It will raise prices and reduce service. Doctors are fleeing the healthcare system now and the law invests entirely too much power to the head of HHS. It interferes with the free market system and delves into what happens within the states in contradiction to the Commerce clause. It can destroy the contract system, since individuals and companies are being forced to enter into a contract, rather than voluntarily entering into a contract. It adds huge sums to the US debt and deficit. It’ll stifle medical device invention and raise costs along the way for existing devices. And it gives the Central Government too much power over our individual health decisions.
If the Court rules against the Mandate, I’m of the opinion that the decision will bolster the opinion of the Court in the eyes average Americans who are tired of government mandates and expansions of power, and any attacks by Obama on the court will show the People that Obama only cares about his personal power rather than the Will of the People and the Constitution he swore to uphold.